The 10 Best 55-inch TVs

If you’re in the market for a new TV, the choices are endless—and can be almost overwhelming. If you’ve narrowed down the size to a 55-inch TV, you’ve already solved one piece of the puzzle. According to Carl Prouty, technologist at Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL, 55 inches is the most popular TV size available. “It’s large enough for a good home theater experience, but not so large as to feel overwhelming in a smaller room,” he explains.

What to Consider

After you’ve decided that you want a 55-inch TV, there are a few other factors that you’ll want to consider as well. Prouty says your next decision should be whether you want an LED or OLED device. “LED TVs are great for bright rooms, while OLED TVs perform best in dimly lit rooms.” In addition, some companies have released QLED (quantum dot) TVs, which can be cheaper than OLEDs, and often provide more vivid colors.

You’ll also want to make sure the TV you choose has enough—and the right kind of—inputs to accommodate your components. While many newer TVs are more likely to have HDMI inputs, they may not be compatible with some of your older devices.

Based on our experience and talking to experts like Prouty, we also recommend looking for a smart TV that will let you wirelessly stream content (subscription-based or free) over Wi-Fi through services like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more.

However, there’s also another factor that you should consider from an ergonomic standpoint. And this could change the desired size of the TV, or where you plan to place it. “When setting up a new TV installation, the ergonomic goal is that the middle of the television is centered from where the viewer will be looking forward, and your eye level faces the center of the screen,” advises Dr. Allen Conrad, BS, DC, CSCS, at the Montgomery County Chiropractic Center in North Wales, Pennsylvania. “For a 55-inch TV, the ideal viewing distance for proper ergonomics is 100 feet away from the TV, with the sightline facing directly at the middle of the TV.”

He also suggests angling the TV correctly to avoid suffering neck pain or eye strain. “Installing a wall-hanging unit for your 55-inch TV that angles slightly downward will help prevent sitting at improper angles for long periods of time,” Conrad explains. “The recommended angle for a 55-inch TV would be 20 degrees downward, as most people slightly recline 10 degrees while sitting on a couch.” That means if you’re hanging your TV on the wall, you should consider a good, articulating TV mount.

How We Selected

I’ve tested and written about tech and entertainment products for a variety of digital publications, including Tom’s Guide, Bob Vila, The Spruce,, Apartment Therapy, and The Daily Beast. This list includes 55-inch TVs that I’ve tested, as well as those recommended by our experts, combined with extensive research. I also recently reviewed the best 4k TVs. I evaluated the best 55-inch TV models here based on their design, performance, and value for the money, and made sure to include a variety of options to choose from.

Best Overall

LG OLED C1 4K Smart TV

LG $1,799.99

$1,496.99 (17% off)

• Screen Type: OLED
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 2 USB
• Size: 48.3 x 29.1 x 9.9 in.
• Weight: 41.7 lb. (without stand) 

The LG OLED C1 4K Smart TV is our top pick based on our own experience using the model and Prouty’s recommendations. The stunningly beautiful picture quality is mesmerizing. For the first few days, it was hard to focus on the content because I was always dazzled by the amazing picture quality. Every color comes alive on the screen, even black, thanks to the self-lit pixels and superb contrast. And since the TV uses Dolby Vision IQ, it self-adjusts based on what I’m watching. The picture is so realistic that when I’m watching my beloved Yankees and the ball comes across the home plate, I feel like I need to duck. My sound comes from either my Klipsch speakers or my Bose soundbar (I like options; if you do too, here’s our list of best soundbars), but the LG’s Dolby Atmos surround sound audio is quite impressive.  

One of my favorite features is the addition of ports on the side (in addition to those on the back), which makes it so much easier (and safer) to connect devices. Also, setup was so easy that I have yet to read the manual. Ironically, I get as many compliments when the TV is off as I do when it’s on. The ultra-thin design never fails to be a conversation starter—immediately followed by requests to turn the TV on. In addition to built-in access to Alexa, Apple TV, Netflix, and the other usual suspects, it also works with Hey Google, Smart Things, and Bixby.


Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K Smart TV

Samsung $1,799.99

$1,597.99 (11% off)

• Screen Type: QLED
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 2 USB 2.0 
• Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1 in.
• Weight: 39 lb.  

Quantum matrix technology creates the ultra-rich colors and super sharp details of the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K Smart TV. Both colors and contrast automatically adjust to ensure the perfect image in every setting. Also, the wide viewing angle means every image looks good from every angle or direction. In addition, active voice amplifier (AVA) helps you catch every words, even when there are outside distractions in the room. Alexa, Google Assistant, and Bixby all work with the TV, and Samsung Plus TV lets you stream plenty of channels.  

Best LED

Sony X85J 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV

Sony $1,199.99

$998.00 (17% off)

• Screen Type: LED
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 2 USB
• Size: 48.54 x 27.99 x 2.84 in.
• Weight: 37.1 lb.

The Sony X85J 4K Ultra HD LED Smart TV is Prouty’s top choice for a 55-inch 4K smart TV. It uses Triluminous Pro for stunningly vivid colors. Combined with 4K X-Reality PRO, and Dolby Vision HDR, every detail is bright and realistically clear.  The TV also uses Motionflow XR and has a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth movement in even the fastest action scenes, and the audio provides clear multidimensional sound. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google, and Apple Airplay, and you can view all of your favorites on Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and more.  

Best Outdoor

Furrion Aurora Full Shade 4K LED Outdoor TV



• Screen Type: LED
• Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
• Ports: 3 HDMI 
• Size: 50.2 x 29.75 x 4.1 in.
• Weight: 60.06 lb.   

This 4K TV is designed for outdoor use—and has a reasonable price. It does not come with a wall mount, but the mounting instructions were easy to follow. The TV is designed to be mounted on a covered patio (which is where we tested it) or an area like a porch or sunroom that keeps it from being directly exposed to the elements. The waterproof casing protects it from not only water, but also UV rays, dust, and flying and crawling critters. Since I’m in the South, it was important that the TV withstand high temperatures and humidity, and it does—up to 140 degrees F. However, it can also endure temperatures as low as 27.4 degrees. Since it’s a 4K ultra-high def, anti-glare screen, the picture is quite clear and the built-in auto-brightness adjusts for bright sun or cloudy days. The sound is pretty decent, although I would recommend a soundbar, since you’re competing with both nature and man-made sounds. 

Best Bang for Your Buck

Hisense ULED U8G Quantum Series Android 4K Smart TV



• Screen Type: ULED (LCD with Quantum dot)
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI  
• Size: 48.5 x 28.2 x 3.9 in.
• Weight: 38.1 lb. 

Hisense has always been one of my favorite TV brands because it delivers excellent quality at an excellent price. The Hisense ULED U8G Quantum Series Android 4K Smart TV is no exception. This is the TV that lulls me to sleep—well, actually, this is the TV that keeps me up all night binge-watching TV shows and movies when I should be asleep. The images are clear and lifelike, and the lush colors explode on the screen. My bedroom is usually dark; however, it’s well-lit when I’m eating in bed. Regardless, the Hisense provides perfect, anti-glare lighting in either environment. Although I use an inexpensive Creative Stage V2 soundbar, the TV’s Dolby Atmos produces impressive audio.  

Ports on the side are always a plus, since I don’t have to fumble around in the back. Also, the feet are in the middle of the TV, which makes it easier to place on shorter consoles. The remote control can stand upright (ideal for an nightstand or end table) and the TV has built-in Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can stream Hulu, Netflix, Disney+ and other content. 

Best for Video Games

Samsung Q70A Series 4K Smart TV



• Screen Type: QLED
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 2 USB
• Size: 48.5 x 30.5 x 9.8 in.
• Weight: 35.9 lb. 

You can take your gaming experience to the next level with the Samsung Q70A Series 4K Smart TV. The Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ provides a smooth, fluid motion at 120Hz. You can also mirror your phone by simply tapping to connect. The picture can also adapt brightness and contrast for your video games or when viewing programs, and the dual LED backlight enhances contrast. In addition, Active Voice Amplifiers make sure the dialogue is crisp and clear. Alexa is built-in, and the TV also works with Hey Google, Smart Things, and Bixby. In addition, Samsung TV Plus provides 150 channels of subscription-free TV.

Best Roku

TCL 6-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV (R635)

• Screen Type: QLED
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB
• Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 in.
• Weight: 41.9 lb. 

Roku TVs are popular because they’re well-made and economical. And this has created a loyal following. We think the best 55-inch choice is the TCL 6-Series 4K QLED Roku TV (R635). Combining mini-LED backlight technology and Quantum Dot technology, the TV produces bold and accurate colors with vivid contrast. Dolby Vison and Dolby Atmos ensure sharp images and crisp, clear audio. The THX Certified Game Mode provides an ideal gaming experience. You can also use the TV with Alexa and Hey Google, and use your smartphone as a Roku remote via the Roku mobile app. The TV supports Netflix, Hulu, the Roku Channel, and other internet services. 

Best Budget OLED

Vizio OLED 4K SmartCast TV



• Screen Type: OLED
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz 
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB 
• Size: 48.3 x 30.6 x 2.2 in. 
• Weight: 44.9 lb.  

If you want an OLED TV, but don’t want to blow your budget, the Vizio OLED 4K UHD SmartCast TV is an affordable option that can save you several hundred dollars. With 8 million self-illuminating pixels, the OLED Ultra Color Spectrum can produce billions of colors. Dolby Vision HDR makes the images crisp and lifelike, and the ProGaming Engine makes sure you’re not slowed down by stuttering and video lag. The TV is compatible with Vizio Voice, Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. You can also stream such apps as Nexflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Paramount+.  

Best Wall Mounted

LG 55GXP Gallery Design Smart 4k TV

• Screen Type: OLED 
• Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB
• Size: 48.2 x 30.1 x 10.7 in.
• Weight: 50 lb. 

If you hate the idea of your TV being prominently displayed when you’re not viewing it, the LG 55GXP Gallery Design Smart 4K TV is for you. It has a bezel-less design that places the screen flat against the wall—the display is so thin that it looks like framed artwork. The TV is designed so that even the cables can be hidden in the input panels. When the TV is on, its intense colors make the picture look like a work of art. In addition, OLED motion ensure smooth movements and less stuttering during action scenes and games. Alexa and Google Assistant are built-in, and the LG also works with Apple AirPlay2 and Apple Homekit. Among the many streaming apps you can play are HBO Max, Hulu, and Netflix.

Best Splurge

Sony A90J Bravia XR OLED 4K UHD Smart Google TV



• Screen Type: OLED
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz  
• Ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB
• Size: 48.25 x 28 x 12.5 in.
Weight: 41 lb. 

If you want the best 55-inch TV at any cost, we recommend the Sony A90J Bravia XR OLED 4K UHD Smart Google TV. Sony bills it as “the world’s first TV with cognitive intelligence.” Compared to conventional AI, which identifies and analyzes color, contrast, and detail on an individual basis, the TV’s Cognitive Processor XR cross analyzes hundreds of thousands of various elements (like focal point, contrast, color, and clarity) in the span of a second.  It will even take standard audio and upconvert it to surround sound. The TV is compatible with Alexa, Apple Airplay, and Google, and it supports Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services. 

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